Poland as a Playground of Cold War Struggles 1981-1989

Don’t miss the chance to listen to a fascinating discussion on the 40th anniversary of imposing martial law in Poland! The discussion will deal with the general context of the 1980s in an international context of politics with Poland as the main focus. During the event scholars will discuss some of the global events during…


Parliamentary Culture in Early Modern Europe

Representative assemblies were common in late medieval Europe. Though they varied tremendously in their organization, customs, and functions, they shared a transnational inheritance of ideas and methods that added up to a common European tradition. The political and constitutional significance of individual institutions has been exhaustively documented, but little has been done to investigate them…



Was the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth a failed state?

“Was the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth a failed state?” – a provocative question indeed! The three partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth – in 1772, 1793 and 1795 – seem to support the narrative that this ‘failed state’ was put out of its misery by its better governed neighbors – the Russian Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia and…


CALL FOR PAPERS: Recovering Europe’s Parliamentary Culture, 1500-1700: Concepts, Methods, Approaches

Political consultative assemblies, common in late medieval monarchies throughout Europe, faced transformative changes between 1500 and 1700. Parliaments, States, Estates, Diets, Cortes varied tremendously in their organization, customs, and functions. Yet they shared a transnational inheritance of ideas and methods of deliberation, consultation and representation that added up to a common European tradition. The interdisciplinary…



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